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Element

206 South Royal Avenue, Front Royal, VA 22630
540-636-9293
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Ranked #5 of 67 restaurants in Front Royal
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $40
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, International, Bistro
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Description: The endless creativity of Chef-Owners David and Stacy Gedney has produced an excellent bistro alternative to the commitment of fine dining restaurants and to the ennui of the countless chain restaurants. Element offers a variety of sapid dishes for lunch and dinner in a relaxed and modern atmosphere, augmented by a full bar, beers on draft and an elegant wine list. We adjust the menu regularly to keep our ingredients fresh and our choices interesting.
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Food was bad, order was wrong, Attitudes where bad, parking sucks, Local drinkers got better service than the diners. Everyone has a bad night , so maybe if the moon aligns with Mars I may go back in this place.

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Linden
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Never had a bad meal here. A little cold in the winter but the food more then makes up for that. The pork dishes are always a home run.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

My girlfriend and I went to Element for dinner to celebrate her birthday. We arrived without reservations at about 7 on a Thursday evening and were seated promptly. The menu was creative and inspired and we found ourselves torn between many delicious-looking options. Our server, Deborah (also the manager of the restaurant), gave us fantastic suggestions for food and had... More

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Front Royal
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We have lived in Front Royal for many years, but hadn't eaten dinner here although it always seemed packed. We finally decided to try it and what a treat! We had the chicken and pork dinners. The chicken was absolutely the best I've ever had. Amazing. My husband loved the pork tenderloins. The mixed green salad was huge and very... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We arrived around 6:30 PM on a Saturday night to find the small restaurant, not surprisingly, packed with patrons. Our name and phone number were added to a list and we were told that they would call once a table became available. About a half an hour later we received that call to say that two spots at the bar... More

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Front Royal, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We have been driving by this restaurant for years...our mistake. A small cramped interior was more than made up for by the excellent food. The 2 person wait staff was constantly in motion handling the full Saturday night crowd(no reservations accepted Sat night). That led to a couple of requests for small items like silverware when the entree was served.... More

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Front Royal, Virginia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

It's absurd that this restaurant is ranked 3rd. It has the best food in town, and honestly some of the best food I've ever eaten.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

First time in Front royal, a rainy day and we called here for lunch. A limited but creative menu of gourmet sandwiches and soup and desserts and a wine list. The rare beef and Brie sandwich and crab and tomato soup were delicious. We would come again. (But the potato and cheddar soup should be avoided.)

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Front Royal, Virginia
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We hadn't been to Element for quite a while, so tried it again for lunch. The restaurant is small, but friendly and they were fairly busy for lunch the day we were there. The lunch menu, however, seems much more limited than when we've been here before. Basically soup and sandwiches with one salad offering. I recall more salad options... More

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Manassas, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

It was a cool day; perfect for the wonderful soups they offered. Their chicken salad is also great. Located in downtown Front Royal, it's a great mixing place for locals and tourists.

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